Friday, September 3, 2010
Nurture and Inspire
But it happens only when I am alone. I can be pretty good at tuning everything and everyone out. I kind of like being in that world at times. If there are other people around or noisy goings on, like construction, television, loud talking, etc then I have a hard time going there. I need isolation and quiet, or noises that are acceptible to me and maybe not others. I need that down time. It doesn't have to be long. A few hours. But it has to be. It gives me time to reflect, time to think, and not be interrupted. You see, most of my life I have been a people pleaser and at any given time I have been inclined to put your needs or desires as having more priority than mine. Just drop mine and help you carry yours. That kind of thinking and action only catches up to you. At some point you have to go back to where you dropped off your priorities and pick them up and start from there. Or that passive aggressiveness steps in. No one person is more important than another. We have to make time for us, as we make time for others. Self nurturing is a primitive need.
I think creatve energies flow more easily for me with quiet and peacefulness. Some people need noise and activity for inspiration. Whatever it takes. I find too that I am renewed after me time. Positive, energized and ready to move forward.
I have been really moved by photographs of people lately. How a simple picture can capture the personality of a person.It can make you wonder what their life is like, what they are telling you with their body, their eyes. And I realize that it's not the camera lens at all. It is the eye of the photographer that allows us to see what the lens cannot grasp. It is the paintbrush of the artist that colors the essence of an image to take your eyes deeper into a vision. The words of a writer can take you on a journey invoking emotions both from experience or opening your eyes to a new way of thinking. The chef can take common ingredients to make your tastebuds dance with passion. A musician can change your energy by the pace and combination of notes. And a conversation with a good friend can warm your heart and make you feel laughter and love, along with being understood.
All these are a part of all our lives. May you be nurtured by self and others in whatever ways you need.